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About the Office of Research Oversight

The Office of Research Oversight (ORO) reflects Georgetown University’s ongoing commitment to consolidate and harmonize research compliance activities across all campuses. Reporting jointly to the Medical Center Vice President for Biomedical Graduate Education and Research and the Main Campus Vice Provost for Research, ORO’s activities are primarily concentrated in the areas of conflict of interest; conflict of commitment; export controls; malign foreign influence; research misconduct; and responsible conduct of research.

ORO and the team of professionals formerly in the Office of Regulatory Affairs but who now report directly to the Dean of Research work in cooperation with the University community to facilitate research integrity in the design, conduct, review and reporting of research, and to promote adherence to applicable laws, regulations, and professional and ethical standards.

Other Regulatory Offices

Other regulatory activities include oversight and guidance in human subject research; animal care and use; biosafety; chemical safety; radiation safety; occupational health; handling of hazardous, controlled or regulated substances; and material transfers.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board‘s (IRB) primary role is to safeguard the rights and welfare of all human subjects who participate in research studies conducted by Georgetown.

Animal Care and Use (IACUC)
The IACUC’s mission is to ensure the proper care and humane treatment of animals.

Occupational Health
Occupational Health serves to identify, evaluate, manage and reduce potential health risks associated with the care and use of laboratory animals.